Time Bandits

Directed By: Terry Gilliam Starring: John Cleese

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Product Overview


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 218901561
UPC 014381658422
UPC 14 00014381658422
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2011
Rating Rating
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note Plunging headfirst into history, director Terry Gilliam fearlessly brings the logic of children's fairy tales to bear as he navigates through myth and legend in a bizarre, ingenious retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ. A boy and six good-natured little persons careen through time-twisting interactions with Napoleon, Robin Hood, and Agamemnon, among others, with a map the little people stole from their employer, the Supreme Being. But their intention is to rob their way through the past, which does not make their boss happy. Meanwhile, Evil is after the map in order to become the Supreme Being himself. The result is an extraordinarily visual extravaganza that overflows with Gilliam's ecstatic vision. The film is shot from a child's viewpoint, both through the character of Kevin and the placement of the camera. One of the morals of this thoroughly enjoyable, charming fantasy is that heroes aren't always all they're cracked up to be. Fun special effects and great supporting performances abound, including terrific turns by Ian Holm, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, and especially David Warner as Evil.
Plot Summary
Summary In Terry Gilliam's brilliant epic voyage through time and space, a group of diminutive assistants to the Supreme Being steals a much-coveted map of the universe that reveals gaping flaws through which time travel is possible. When they invade the bedroom (through the wardrobe, in an homage to C.S. Lewis's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) of a young boy named Kevin, he joins them for run-ins with Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (Monty Python's John Cleese), Agamemnon (Sean Connery), an Ogre (Peter Vaughan), and Evil (David Warner). The darkly playful script is co-written by Gilliam's fellow former Pythonite Michael Palin, who also appears in the film.
Variety "...BANDITS is good on technical virtuosity..." 07/22/1981
New York Times "...A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction, part comedy..." 11/06/1981 p.C8
USA Today "...[With] the funniest Robin Hood ever..." 03/03/1995 p.3D
Total Film "...The movie's as perversely entertaining as it ever was..." 08/01/2000 p.108,4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]very bit as much a marauding sensual riot as it is a history-hopping conundrum." 09/01/2006 p.120
Uncut 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n ingenious fantasy....[Gilliam's] most consistently entertaining..." 10/01/2006 p.157
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "A fun and whimsical journey that is vintage Terry Gilliam." 08/24/2010
Terry Gilliam
John Cleese
Cast & Crew
Jack Purvis - Star
Terence Bayler - Star
Ian Muir - Star
Charles McKeown - Star
Edwin Finn - Star
Shelley Duvall - Star
David Rappaport - Star
Derrick O'Connor - Star
Mike Edmonds - Star
Preston Lockwood - Star
Chris Grant - Star
John Cleese - Star
Sheila Fearn - Star
Winston Dennis - Star
Mark Holmes - Star
Peter Jonfield - Star
Katherine Helmond - Star
Tiny Ross - Star
Neil McCarthy - Star
David Aaron Baker - Star
Derek Deadman - Star
Craig Warnock - Star
Andrew MacLachlan - Star
Sean Connery - Star
David Warner - Star
John Hughman - Star
Marcus Powell - Star
Malcolm Dixon - Star
Leon Lissek - Star
Martin Carroll - Star
Michael Palin - Star
Myrtle Devenish - Star
Del Baker - Star
Tony Jay - Star
Kenny Baker - Star
Roger Frost - Star
Peter Vaughan - Star
John Young - Star
Declan Mulholland - Star
Ian Holm - Star
Jim Broadbent - Star
Jerold Wells - Star
Ralph Richardson - Star
Brian Bowes - Star
Juliette James - Star
Michael Palin - Screenwriter
George Harrison - Composer
Hazel Cote - Costume Designer
Peter Biziou - Director of Photography
Mike Moran - Composer
Terry Gilliam - Producer
Terry Gilliam - Screenwriter
Milly Burns - Production Designer
Trevor Jones - Composer
James Acheson - Costume Designer
Julian Doyle - Editor
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1982
UPC 00014381658422
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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